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  • n. One who, or that which, preys; a plunderer; a waster; a devourer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, preys; a plunderer; a waster; a devourer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which preys; a plunderer; a waster; a devourer.


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  • But Segor, be the preyer of Lothe, was saved and kept a gret while: for it was sett upon an hille; and zit schewethe therof sum party, above the watre: and men may see the walles, when it is fayr wedre and cleer.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Both creatures were petrified into the mutual stare that is of the hunter and the hunted, the preyer and the prey, the meat-eater and the meat.

    Chapter 20

  • Usually when the horse-guard secured the greenhead it was pounced on from behind, and there was practically no struggle—the absence of struggle being usual in the world of invertebrates, where the automaton-like actions of both preyer and prey tend to make each case resemble all others in its details.

    X. Bird Reserves at the Mouth of the Mississippi

  • One of them, which I took on the point of a knife, swam briskly away, and another was the means of pointing out an enemy to me which I had not previously suspected, and that I had always hitherto believed to be the prey of and not the preyer upon fish.

    Essays in Natural History and Agriculture

  • Next up, Joel Hunter … this one a white mega preyer from Florida iirc … and lest he be outdone, why pretzel was his personal pastor in a phone call:


  • If it could do this, it might as well do more; but a strong impression is left on my mind, that without the help of something over and above the power to vary, which should give a definite aim to variations, all the "natural selection" in the world would not have prevented stagnation and self-stultification, owing to the indefinite tendency of the variations, which thus could not have developed either a preyer or a preyee, but would have gone round and round and round the primordial cell till they were weary of it.

    Life and Habit

  • Yes, gentlemen, the worm, that enemy of the human race ” the worm, the destroyer of everything existing ” the worm, that obstinate preyer on the living and the dead, is at length conquered by my science; a drop, an atom of this precious liquor is sufficient to expel this fearful parasite for ever.

    Memoirs of Robert-Houdin


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